Restaurants Help ‘Food For First Responders’ Deliver Meals to Urgent Care Workers

The Food for First Responders Program bought lunch from Pasadena Sandwich Company for Exer Urgent Care’s staff.

A contingent of popular Pasadena restaurants are providing food in supporting workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 in the Chamber of Commerce’s Food For First Responders Program.
“Through the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we have raised money to deliver food to Exer Urgent Care in East Pasadena and have arranged for some of our local restaurants to provide take-out for critical care workers assisting COVID-19 patients at Huntington Hospital,” said Pasadena Chamber CEO Paul Little. “We are happy to do a little something for the healthcare workers who do so much to keep us all safe and healthy.”
Beginning two weeks ago, Pasadena Sandwich Company and Raffi’s Catering and Banquet began delivering food to Exer Urgent Care. Exer works with Huntington Hospital to relieve the strain on emergency room personnel by providing non-life threatening urgent care services.
This past weekend, Food For First Responders is beginning the take-out program for Huntington Hospital’s critical care workers in partnership with Parkway Grill, Mijares Mexican Restaurant, Mi Piace, Green Street Restaurant, El Portal and Bistro 45.
“People and organizations in the Pasadena area are incredibly generous,” Little said. “They want to provide help and support for the people doing the front-line work and this was one way they could help. They also want to support our local restaurants as they struggle to remain open. We’re very grateful to all the donors and will continue the effort until the ‘Safer at Home’ orders are lifted and our critical care workers and first responders are no longer dealing with coronavirus patients.”

Huntington Hospital critical care workers receive take-out meals at Mi Piace courtesy of Food for First Responders.

To donate, visit pasadenayouthworks.org and click on the link to donate to Food for First Responders. People can also send check to Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 44 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, 91106. “One hundred percent of money collected will be used to purchase and deliver food to local emergency rooms as well as first responders and those staffing urgent care centers here in Pasadena,” Little said. “We encourage people to donate as much or as little as they can afford.”

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